Dutch Cheese Tasting Party


We brought back over 8 pounds of cheese from Amsterdam. We went to the cheese shops and the markets and every single cheese we tried, we just kept adding to our bag. It was so hard to resist.

There is something about Dutch cheese that is so different from the standard American cheese. It’s so much creamier and has a much more well-rounded flavor.

What do you do when you have over eight pounds of Dutch cheese? Have a Dutch cheese tasting party, of course!

I am not the best at creating cheese boards. Cheese board assembly is an art and that is not a skill I have so, I tried my best.

My favorite part of creating this Dutch cheese board was the little toothpick flags I stuck in each cheese to label them. The labels were just sticky labels that you put on file folders that I folded in half over a toothpick.

We tried to buy a variety of different cheeses in terms of flavor. There were salty/sweet ones, a creamy gouda, a special gouda that has been aged 42 weeks, an aged goat, and fresh cheese direct from a farm.





The one that reigned as everyone’s favorite was called “The Special One.” It was aged for 42 weeks and it’s the creamiest and most flavorful cheese I’ve had. I wish they had something like that in the United States. Although, I’m sure if I brought the block to a speciality cheese shop, I could find something similar. We still have a bit of it left and I’m savouring it!


Posted on March 19, 2018

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. Meg
    03/19/2018 at 10:25 am

    1. You made me so hungry for Gouda that I went to my favorite online cheese purveyor and ordered several different kinds.
    2. You say you are not so good at creating cheese plates. Your photos say otherwise.
    3. We have a Dutch friend who tsk tsk’s at us every time we say goo-da. He insists it’s pronounced how-da. Our young grandson delights in correcting everyone. All. The. Time.

    • Julie
      03/19/2018 at 6:35 pm

      Hahaha – yes, when we were in Holland, we kept saying how-da b/c otherwise we would totally stick out like a sore thumb ;) sometimes we like saying that at home just for fun! Thank you for your kind words!

  2. Mimi Clark
    03/19/2018 at 10:30 am

    Your cheese board looked quite nice! You had a nice variety of fruits, cheese crackers and bread.

    • Julie
      03/19/2018 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you!!

  3. Uta
    03/19/2018 at 12:50 pm

    How did you get all that cheese through customs?

    • Julie
      03/19/2018 at 6:33 pm

      It’s allowed. We declared it but they said they didn’t need to check it b/c you can bring back hard cheeses & candy.

  4. Blu
    03/20/2018 at 11:17 am

    When I move into my dream home I will host one of these! I love cheese!!

    • Julie
      03/21/2018 at 6:37 pm

      Haha cheese is so good!

  5. Mimi Clark
    03/20/2018 at 3:43 pm

    These muffins look wonderful. My mouth is drooling! Guess i’ll have to make a batch to satisfy myself!!😊

  6. Julie
    03/20/2018 at 4:19 pm

    I think your cheese board is lovely — beautiful and delicious looking arrangement!

    • Julie
      03/21/2018 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you!!!

  7. Marybeth
    03/29/2018 at 10:34 am

    I have been enjoying your recent posts about Amsterdam. We are headed to the Netherlands in 22 days on a Viking River cruise… any not to miss suggestions?

  8. Genericcialis
    04/03/2018 at 7:40 pm

    This looks so good. Gouda is a great cheese with this soup but I was surprised to see the tofu. I am really curious and anxious to try this out.

    • Julie
      04/03/2018 at 7:51 pm

      Whaaat? Haha I’m so confused. This is a Dutch cheese tasting party…where do you see the tofu and soup?!

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